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Turning into Butterflies: A Syrian’s Reflection on Despair and Disgrace

This post was first published by Between Borders. -- In society, and even more so in humanitarian work, we rarely give space for despair to be heard. Despair makes us uncomfortable. Think of how we structure our stories, and our films—there is almost always redemption. We rarely let despair have the final word, despite its … Continue reading Turning into Butterflies: A Syrian’s Reflection on Despair and Disgrace

Our Brains on Conflict: Trauma, Healing, and the Politics of Fear: An Interview with Mike Niconchuk

For the full interview, please visit the EuropeNow journal here. "In this interview, Michael “Mike” Niconchuk reflects on some of the intimate lessons he has learned on healing and coping from refugees he has developed friendships with over the last five years working in post-conflict and displaced communities in Latin America, Europe, and the Middle … Continue reading Our Brains on Conflict: Trauma, Healing, and the Politics of Fear: An Interview with Mike Niconchuk

Canada’s New Syrians and the Complex Search for “Home”

This article was originally published by Between Borders. -- “Yeah, come, I’m at home.” I could hear Anas chuckle on the other end of the line. He corrected himself. “Well, I’m in the tent. You know what I mean.” It was, at first, hard to distinguish Anas’s tent from the rest of the oranged, wind-whipped … Continue reading Canada’s New Syrians and the Complex Search for “Home”

The Waiting Room: Accompanying Refugees in Spaces of “New and Dangerous Ideas”

"From various conflict zones, and climate displacement zones, refugees have clearly expressed that they’re done waiting. In this part of the world, and for many in Europe, their decision—their agentic, desperate decision to wait a little less harshly, elsewhere—has set off a domino effect of polarization and fear-mongering like we’ve never seen. And we make them wait more. We cling to control by inventing new reasons to wait."

If I could speak into the ears of American power

In light of the recent escalation of Syria talk, war talk, and war violence, I can't help but cry out from the middle of the places that men in far away desks ceaselessly write about and talk about. If I could speak into the ears of American power... 3 September, 2013 Amman, Jordan Sir: Last … Continue reading If I could speak into the ears of American power